CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX
Worth Abbey may be familiar to TV viewers, for it featured in a BBC series called The Monastery, in 2005, and again in The Big Silence, in 2010. It was founded by monks from Downside Abbey in Somerset, and today a community of some 25 Benedictine monks lives and works here. The modern, circular abbey church, designed by Francis Pollen and completed in 2001, is the only part open to the public on a daily basis. In 2011 this reopened with freshly designed interior furnishings by Thomas Heatherwick, including curved, fixed pews.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Ramps
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open daily at all reasonable times
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About the area
Discover West Sussex
Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.
In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham.
West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.
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